Kelly Busche


Al's Breakfast joins 'crowded' Dinkytown late-night scene

New Al’s Breakfast co-owner Alison Kirwin is taking the 67-year-old business in an unexpected direction. Al’s Breakfast began offering weekend late-night hours — with an exclusive menu — for the first time Sept. 8. While students are excited for the opportunity to have breakfast at night, staffing the late-night hours has been a challenge.

New Cedar-Riverside initiative seeks to boost employment rates

A new Cedar-Riverside employment organization seeks to slash unemployment rates in the community. Pioneer Staffing and Training, which will launch next week, will be the first employment center in Minneapolis that is a public benefit corporation — a for-profit business also focused on societal impact. Around 18 percent of Cedar-Riverside residents are unemployed, while the statewide unemployment rate sits close to 4 percent.

Campus crime increases with return of students and faculty

As students and faculty return to campus each fall, crime rates frequently spike.   Some types of crime were reported more during this year’s welcome week than last. Incidents of theft and property damage have eclipsed those from last year.

University class proposes improvements to Como traffic diverters

A plan proposed by a University of Minnesota forestry class could ease traffic woes in a local neighborhood. Many Southeast Como residents want renovations to the neighborhood's 40-year-old traffic diverters — blockades that reroute and slow traffic — on residential streets connecting East Hennepin Avenue and Como Avenue Southeast.